HUMAN SEXUALITY

"The United Methodist Church affirms "that sexuality is God's good gift to all persons. We call everyone to responsible stewardship of this sacred gift." This affirmation is part of the denomination's Social Principles.

The United Methodist Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions describe the church's beliefs and teachings on sexuality.Conversation continues among United Methodists regarding the church's official position on human sexuality. The church's legislative assembly has shaped this position over a period of four decades, and the issue continues to be debated."

 

Read more at http://www.umc.org/topics/topic-human-sexuality-homosexuality

SCHISM, SEPERATION OR WHAT? THE FUTURE OF THE UMC

[Excerpt from Hacking Christianity]

Visions from the Bottom-Up

In 2012, the last time the United Methodist Church considered massive changes to their way of doing things, they forgot to check what time it was: They didn't realize it was 2012. The new social media world of collaboration, discussion and tinkering, and a tiny website called Hacking Christianity, would pound their 20th century plan called The Call To Action into dust.

By the time the matter was settled at General Conference 2012, very few of their recommendations made the cut, and those that did were rendered unconstitutional. Outside of a few bishop-led changes (in the areas of metrics and dashboards), the big world-changing plan for the UMC was not to be-because, I would claim, it was a top-down initiative.

Read more at: http://hackingchristianity.net/2015/02/unity-and-schism-plans-for-the-united-methodist-church-list.html

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[Excerpt from www.umc.org]

Amicable breakup of UMC needed, pastor group says

A group of United Methodist pastors and theologians is calling for an amicable split of the denomination, saying differences over homosexuality and other issues are irreconcilable.The group describes itself as traditionalist and says its ranks include more than 80 members, including pastors of some of the larger United Methodist congregations.

"Are we not at a point where we can acknowledge, after years of dialogue and debate, the depth of our differences and together, progressives and traditionalists, give each other the freedom to pursue our understanding of God's will?" the group said in its statement.

Read more at: http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/amicable-breakup-of-umc-needed-pastor-group-says

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[Excerpt from www.umc.org]

Hamilton: Church homosexuality law needs 'local option'

"The Rev. Adam Hamilton leads the 18,000-member United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., and reaches many others through best-selling books about Christian faith. At the 2012 General Conference, he and the Rev. Mike Slaughter, of Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, Ohio, offered "agree to disagree" legislation on the issue of homosexuality.

Though that effort failed, Hamilton continues to push for official, practical recognition of the church's division on the issue - and for denominational unity. This week he debuted "A Way Forward for aUnited Methodist Church," a proposal to let local churches decide - after a discernment process and super-majority vote - whether to host same-sex unions and welcome gay clergy."

Read more at: http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/hamilton-church-homosexuality-law-needs-local-option

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Editor

Andreas Kjernald, pastor, Norway

CROSSFIRE

One question, two theologians

In this section you will find two Wesleyan theologians doing theology around a certain topic but coming from different perspectives, trying to understand each other but also trying to show what Wesleyan theology actually claims to believe.

Coming soon!